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Motive revealed in slaying of Kilgore woman, 5 officials placed on leave

Photos of Elizabeth Vinson and Randy Vinson from KETK and Gregg County Jail

POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 3:40pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:44pm

A motive has been revealed as to why an East Texas man killed a woman before being shot and killed by law enforcement.

According to the Kilgore Police Department, Randy Vinson, 37, while on drugs, shot and killed his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Vinson, 32, because she was kicking him out of her home.

Authorities say Randy shot and killed Elizabeth, while she was sitting in a car with two children and another adult at a home around 10:15 a.m., Tuesday morning, near the intersection of Highway 31 and Highway 135 in Kilgore.

Officers say Randy had a rifle and there is a possibility there was an exchange of gunfire at the home, in the 1900 block of HWY 31, where the woman, Elizabeth was killed.

According to Trooper Dark with the Texas Rangers, initial reports into their office stated a man was armed sitting on a bridge at HWY 31 and Old Gladewater Road. Kilgore police say Randy killed Elizabeth with a handgun but also had a rifle with him.

Kilgore Police say Randy, who is now deceased, ran into a wooded area and engaged with officers when he was shot. Both individuals were pronounced dead at the scene by Gregg County Justice of the Peace Pct. 3, Talyna Carlson. Both bodies were sent to Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas for an autopsy.

Trooper Dark says deputies with the Gregg County Sheriff's Office and Kilgore police both fired shots, but it is unknown which agency delivered the fatal blow.

Officials have shut down eastbound and westbound lanes of HWY 31, and Gregg County Sheriff's deputies are on scene.

A DPS helicopter was also called in to assist authorities.

KETK spoke with a relative of Elizabeth's who says she loved to make people laugh.

"She was a really great person," the relative said. "She loved making people laugh and she was a straight-up country girl who loved riding four-wheelers and horses. She was a great mother to her kids and was always there for them. She watched over and protected them, always."

Members of law enforcement who have been placed on leave are as follows:

  • Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter
  • Kilgore Police Sgt. Jarod Sears
  • Kilgore Police Cpl. Kevin Stewart
  • Kilgore Police Officer Amos Owings 
  • Gregg County Sheriff's Deputy Chase Doss

Assistant Chief Roman Roberson has been named interim police chief by Kilgore City Manager Scott Sellers. 

KETK will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.

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Is this SOP, did someone not do their job, or did someone cross the line? I'm supposing this is paid Admin leave.
More info would be appreciated - as it becomes available, of course.
An innocent life was lost & for want of a better way of putting it - a drug addict was put out of his misery. It is a sad set of circumstances for all involved.

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